Akron, Ohio (July 2, 2003) -- A tempest is brewing in northeast Ohio over whether a county's fiscal officer needs a CPA certificate.

The conflict started in 2001 when the Summit County Council passed two separate measures. The Democrat-controlled Council proposed merging the offices of county auditor and county treasurer into one job -- fiscal officer. The second, led by Republicans, combined both offices but required that the fiscal officer be a CPA.

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